Welcome to Big Horn County School District #4, and thank you for visiting our website. We are pleased and feel fortunate that that during a nationwide Covid-19 Pandemic, we have been able to re-open BGH4 schools for all students and staff in brick-and-mortar school buildings. I think we all agree that in-person, in-school instruction works best for our school district’s delivery of education. Having students physically back in our schools is beneficial educationally and social emotionally.
Schools were closed on March 17 and the district moved to remote learning (Tier 3) for all students. Students were out of the buildings for 177 days—including summer break. Since beginning in-class instruction on August 25, 2020 we have been able to continue educating students safely by carefully monitoring—daily temperature checks for all, masks during transitions, 6’ or more of distancing in classrooms. We will continue to take precautions to prevent potential spread of sickness in the schools. The old Riverside MHS is being utilized for the 4th and 5th grades this year which enables us to spread out in each classroom, so that 6’ distancing can be maintained between desks/students.
We moved into new schools the last week of October 2019, and we still have a brand new school feel. The new Laura Irwin Elementary (LIE at 1211 West “B” Street) accommodates Kindergarten through 5th grade students. The new Riverside Middle/High School (RMHS at 1212 West “B” Street) hosts 6th through 12th grades. Principals (Matt Jensen--RMHS, and Jeff Fuller--LIE) lead the academic efforts in these new schools.
Even though statewide testing was cancelled last spring (April-May 2020), we continue to monitor student progress locally. This district values and maintains strong academic traditions. Riverside High School was recognized in 2018-19 by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 5 high schools in Wyoming. Our 2018-19 Academic Challenge team was both the small school, and overall state champion.
Riverside Middle/High School continues to offer 8 periods each day--enabling students to bolster their high school experience with additional electives. Approximately 90% of our Riverside MHS students are involved in one or more extra-curricular activity each year.
A District Strategic Plan was developed during 2018-19 with input from students, staff, parents, business leaders, community, and school board. As a result, admins and staff are focusing on continuous improvement in the areas of: 1) Learning and Teaching, 2) Communication, and 3) Culture.
BHCSD#4 is unique in our well trained, caring staff with small class sizes: a ratio of 10 students per teacher in our 6-12 classes, and 17 students per teacher in our K-5 rooms. Besides certified teachers we have administrators, para educators, a nurse, SRO, and secretaries who all positively impact the lives/education of our students and further reduce the student to adult ratio. During this COVID-19 era, we are employing 4 additional temporary staff members—3 paraprofessionals and 1 cook/custodian combination.
Each new school year brings a level of excitement and energy that is contagious. Please communicate with staff and students, and check our website for upcoming events; then, plan to attend a couple more school events this year than last. Students and staff value parent and community involvement. The opportunities and challenges that lie ahead will result in what we hope will be the best year ever for your student/s.